There is a reason police are the problem — and not crime — for our Madison alders, Mayor Soglin, the Dane County Board — indeed, for the entire Democratic party and its socialist allies.
When black people commit crime at a rate disproportionate to their population the phenomenon must be attributed to rank racism, white privilege, implicit bias, the Problem of Whiteness, a tiki torch in every Republican closet. Black man attacks a white officer? Study the police. Study everything through a racial equity lens.
Social scientist Shelby Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, explains why.
“We blacks have lived in a bubble since the 1960s because whites have been deferential for fear of being seen as racist.”
That bubble, Steele posits (perhaps wishfully) is over. Perhaps not in Madison, Manhattan, or Berkeley, but throughout most of the nation.
As evidence, Steele cites the Colin Kaepernick phenomenon: NFL players have been taking a knee to protest so-called (and largely debunked) police persecution. And what happened? America is turning off the NFL.
“It is not surprising, then, that these black football players would don the mantle of protest. The surprise was that it didn’t work.”
The Stately Manor is quoting from Shelby Steele’s essay in the 01-13-2018 Wall Street Journal, entitled “Black protest has lost its power.” When the reader yellow-highlights almost the entire article, it simply must be shared. Would that we could get this on every desk in the City County Building, at school board headquarters, in the social science lecture halls. Of the NFL kneel-downers, Steele writes:
They were not speaking truth to power. Rather, they were figures of pathos, mindlessly loyal to a black identity that had run its course. What they missed is a simple truth: The oppression of black people is over with.
Freedom … meant we had to look at ourselves without the excuse of oppression. … freedom put blacks at risk of being judged inferior, the very libel that had always been used against us. …
To hear, for example, that more than 4,000 people were shot in Chicago in 2016 embarrasses us because this level of largely black-on-black crime cannot be blamed simply on white racism. …
We end up giving victimization the charisma of black authenticity. Suffering, poverty and underdevelopment are the things that make you “truly black.” Success and achievement throw your authenticity into question. …
[The] protests are usually genuflections to today’s victim-focused black identity. … [The phenomenon] is not seeking a new and better world … It wants an excuse.
In so many ways, this cult of victimhood, this racist appeal to identity politics — Release 350 Black People From Jail Now! — is responsible for electing that jingoistic blunderbuss, Donald Trump. An over-reaction, perhaps, but a rejection of the politically correct and their worn-out race cards.